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Professor Bepko Named Sagamore of The Wabash for Third Time

08/21/2013

Professor Gerald L. Bepko, IUPUI Chancellor Emeritus and IU Trustee Professor, was named a Sagamore of the Wabash by Governor Mike Pence, ’86. It is the third time he has received the honor.

“It is my distinct pleasure to honor Gerald Bepko with the Sagamore of the Wabash Award for his selfless dedication and tireless efforts on behalf of higher education in Indiana,” said Governor Pence.

Bepko serves as a member of the Indiana Commission for Higher Education, and has served as the chair of the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges Commission on the Urban Agenda. He has also served on the boards of First Indiana Corp., Indianapolis Life Insurance Co., Citizens Gas, and Lumina Foundation for Education. 

In 1972, Bepko joined the faculty at IU McKinney School of Law. After serving as a professor, associate dean for academic affairs and later dean of the law school, Bepko was appointed third chancellor of IUPUI in 1986. Since that time, he is credited with bringing the Purdue School of Science, the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology, and the IU Herron School of Art to the IUPUI campus. Enrollment at the university has also grown by nearly 25 percent and several successful fundraising campaigns have taken the school to new heights. Bepko retired as IUPUI chancellor in 2004. 

Professor Bepko received Sagamore of the Wabash awards from Governors Frank O’Bannon and Evan Bayh in recognition of his service. He teaches commercial law, and leadership and law.


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